ProcureCon Indirect East 2018

February 20-February 22, 2018

Amelia Island, FL

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Speakers

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Dan Ashton
Dan Ashton
Sr. Director, Product Strategy
Rimini Street, Inc.
Pat Baffaro
Pat Baffaro
Director, Global Indirect Procurement
HP
Brian Bancroft
Brian Bancroft
Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer
Church and Dwight

Brian has leadership over all Direct (Food Ingredients - Wheat, Rice, Cocoa, Sugar, Corn, Oils, Flavors, Seasonings etc.. and Packaging) and Indirect (Marketing, Consulting, HR, Finance, Logistics, Capital, MRO etc....) Procurement across Kellogg's Asia Pacific & Africa Business. His expertise includes creating highly effective teams, developing strong relationships with stakeholders, mitigating risk, improving overall performance and ensuring ongoing improvement. 

John  Becvar
John Becvar
Chief Procurement Officer
Groupon

John leads Groupon's Global Procurement, Real Estate and Facilities teams and has been a key driving force in helping Groupon simplify its operations and transform the Groupon local sales and service organizations. In 2017, he and the Procurement team launched Coupa globally to improve the P2P process. John is one of Groupon's most tenured Grouponers as employee #163. During that time at Groupon he has held leadership roles in five different departments including Marketing, Legal, Human Resources, Finance and Executive.

Prior to Groupon John worked for leading brands such as Sears, United Airlines and Citibank leading Marketing and Strategic Planning programs.

John received his MBA from Vanderbilt University OGSM in 1994.

Kevin Betts
Kevin Betts
Director, Category Management
The E. W. Scripps Company

Kevin is a Director – Category Management for The E.W. Scripps Company, which serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of television, radio and digital media brands. He has been with Scripps in various roles for 29 years, first on the journalism, operational and technology categories at a Scripps TV station where his duties included purchasing and vendor management. For the last 12 years, he has been a member of the Scripps Procurement team. Kevin is responsible for enterprise wide vendor relationships in numerous categories including Travel, he is responsible for travel procurement, manages the day to day relationship with their TMC and other travel partners. Kevin is a member of the Business Travel News (BTN) advisory board.

Jennifer Black
Jennifer Black
Global Procurement Leader, Marketing
Elanco Animal Health
Kimberly Blair
Kimberly Blair
Senior Manager, Indirect Procurement
Carhartt
Adam Boal
Adam Boal
Global Director of Indirect Procurement and Corporate Services
Edgewell Personal Care
Kent  Brothers
Kent Brothers
Global Procurement Operations & Trade Automation Lead
Monsanto
Melissa Burkland
Melissa Burkland
Director of Indirect Sourcing and Procurement
Rodan + Fields
Jason Cammorata
Jason Cammorata
Director, Strategic Sourcing
MDC Partners
Tripp Cates
Tripp Cates
Director of National Accounts, Manufacturing
CoreTrust
Kenneth Chan
Kenneth Chan
Head of All Fleet Services and Chief Procurement Officer
Asplundh Tree Expert

Ken Chan is the Chief Procurement Officer & Head of Fleet Services at Asplundh Tree Expert Co., U.S.'s largest firm in utility clearance with a top-3 largest fleet in US. With 89 years of history and operations across US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, Asplundh is a $4B private company with 37,000+ employees and 45,000+ trucks and equipment, providing vegetation, construction and landscaping services to utilities.

Ken is an operation executive with 20 years of industry and consulting experience. He has a proven track record of leading business transformation to improve cost, quality, delivery, and services to Fortune 500 and private equites. Prior to Asplundh, Ken worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting and PWC’s PRTM Management Consulting. He also worked as a professional electrical engineer in Asia.

Ken is a frequent speaker at various procurement and supply chain conferences. He is a board member of the ISM Philadelphia and a committee member of the ISM Report on Business. He holds an MBA from University of Michigan Ann Arbor with highest distinction. In addition, he earned an Electrical Engineering degree with honors from the University of Hong Kong and a Management degree with honors from the University of London.

Walt  Charles
Walt Charles
Chief Procurement Officer
Biogen

Walter Charles is the Chief Procurement Officer at Biogen. Walter is a sought-after speaker at national and international Supply Chain and Procurement Conferences, a visionary Supply Chain leader, an impactful results deliverer and an inspiring Procurement Futurist.

At Biogen, his global procurement teams support the purchase of billions of dollars a year of products and services supporting Research & Development, Manufacturing, Marketing, Legal, Capital, IT, Plant Operations, Travel, and General and Administrative services for the $11B revenue/year biotechnology innovator.

Prior to joining Biogen, Walter has held Chief Procurement Officer roles at iconic companies such as Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Supply Chain and Cordis (one of J&J’s former medical devices companies). As such, he has the unique perspective of serving on Supply Chain Leadership Teams, and leading procurement transformations across Biotechnology, Consumer Packaged Goods, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Businesses.

Walter holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University; a Master of Engineering Degree in Environmental Engineering from The Stevens Institute of Technology; and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

William  Cheung
William Cheung
Director, Procurement Analytics
CBS Corporation
Jerry Chico
Jerry Chico
Vice President, Procurement
Cross Country Healthcare
Over fifteen years experience in the Manufacturing, Construction and Service industries. Focused on Procurement transformation and improving Supply Chain profitability; I have established a proven track record for successfully leading Procurement Organizations. Experience includes establishing policies and procedures, driving process improvements, implementing procurement methodology and aligning goals with internal customer requirements.
Beth  Crimmins
Beth Crimmins
Director Of Procurement, Global Marketing and Business Services
Avis Budget Group
Tim Cronin
Tim Cronin
Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer
Florida Blue
Tandra Davis
Tandra Davis
Senior Vice President, North American Procurement & Administration
Ipsos
Gloria  Esparza
Gloria Esparza
Global eProcurement Lead
Monsanto
John Fafian
John Fafian
Director - Head of Strategy and Sourcing
PwC
Amee Foss
National Director of Procurement and Plant Operations
Watermark Retirement Communities
Michael Francolino
Michael Francolino
Chief Procurement Officer
SGS
Nilton  Garcia
Nilton Garcia
Head of Procurement Americas
LafargeHolcim
Kevin Giblin
Kevin Giblin
Chief Procurement Officer
Dun & Bradstreet

Kevin Giblin is the Head of Global Sourcing and Procurement at Dun & Bradstreet. In this role, he leads a team that manages all indirect categories, establishing sourcing strategies and SRM to ensure sustainable supplier value. As part of this role, he also oversees the Oracle P2P team.

Prior to Dun & Bradstreet, Mr. Giblin was a Senior Director at McGraw Hill Financial, where he led the implementation of sourcing, procure-to-pay, and contract tools to drive efficiency and standardize practices. His career has included a number of prestigious awards, including: the 2017 EPIC Award for Career Excellence in Indirect Purchasing, a 2012 Green Supply Chain Award from SDCE, the IACCM-sponsored “Collaborate to Innovate Award” in 2011, the 2009 CTB Achievement Award in recognition for his significant contribution towards reducing supply chain costs, and a Corporate Achievement Award in 2006 for his innovative approach to sourcing editorial services spend.

From 2007-2014, he served on the committee for ISM-National’s Supplier Management Group, chartered with developing an industry-wide best practices model for supplier capabilities maturity. From 2011 through 2014, he served as group Chair. He has previously served as curriculum advisor for Folsom College’s Purchasing program, and has written numerous articles that have appeared in industry publications. He currently serves on the ISM NJ Education Committee and is a frequent industry speaker.

Holly  Gieseke
Holly Gieseke
Manager, Corporate Procurement & Travel
VSP Global
Tim Gregg
General Manager, New Business Development
Wolseley Industrial Group
Ron Gregorsok
Ron Gregorsok
Vice President, Purchasing
AmerisourceBergen

With over 25 years ofexperience in the travel industry, Sean has been instrumental in thedevelopment and managing of the travel programs for St. Jude Children’sResearch Hospital, Guess Inc., Hilton Worldwide, and Corinthian Colleges.  Currently he is charged with developing aglobal travel program for Riot Games in Los Angeles.  Sean is an advocate for change andimprovement by embracing technology and forward thinking, but always keeping travelersafety & satisfaction at the forefront of his approach followed bycompliance & savings.  His areas ofresponsibilities have included travel, meetings, corporate & purchasingcard, fleet, and expense management.  Inaddition to his duties at Riot Games, Sean has served on the Board of Directorsof the Los Angeles Business Travel Association for the last 8 years and currentlyholds the position of President-elect and has twice been awarded thePresident’s Choice Award.    

Tim Gross
Tim Gross
Global Category Director, Indirect Procurement
McCormick & Co.
Cheryl  Hayes
Cheryl Hayes
Head of Procurement, Strategy & Innovation
Siemens Healthcare
Cheryl is a trusted expert Supply Chain and Operations executive with a demonstrated history working in the information technology and healthcare industry. Skilled at leading visionary innovation that addresses global challenges so we can help deliver what we promise our customers.
John Healy
John Healy
Chief Procurement Officer, Senior Vice President, Head of Strategic Sourcing and Corporate Functions Operations
SunTrust Bank

John Healy is the Head of Strategic Sourcing and Corporate Functions Operations for SunTrust Banks, Inc. He is responsible for leading Human Resources Operations, Accounts Payable Operations and Strategic Sourcing Management.

John has been with SunTrust since 2012 and most recently as managing director and head of Capital Markets Operations for STRH. He has more than seventeen years of business experience, including retail, trading, and operations. He is skilled in creating high-performance teams, developing and maintaining rapport with stakeholders, applying analytical reasoning, and supporting key process enhancements. John is a seasoned operations executive who has proven success in organizational design, execution, and talent management. Prior to joining SunTrust, John was a director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Healy earned a B.A. from Belmont Abbey College and an M.B.A. with a specialization in Finance and Economics from Loyola University Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Michael  Heeger
Michael Heeger
Director, Head of Sourcing Americas
Deutsche Bank
Ernie Hernandez
Ernie Hernandez
Director Strategic Sourcing
Carnival Cruise Lines

A leader in global supply chain management specializing in strategic sourcing of complex operational spends in direct & indirect materials, services and capital projects • Director of Strategic Sourcing at Carnival Cruise Line, leads a team addressing >$400M of marine & hotel technical spend of a fleet of 25 ships which includes engine, propulsion, auxiliary systems, electrical, HVAC, elevator, navigation and communication systems, lifesaving appliances, fire-fighting equipment, chemicals, MRO, galley and laundry equipment, and related services • over 25 years of experience spanning industries/sectors, including manufacturing, transportation & distribution, maritime, hospitality, oil & gas, management consulting and international business experience in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East • held similar roles at IBM, Amgen, PwC, HD Supply, and Noranda Aluminum • managed annual spends of category management from $200M to $800M with >$80M documented savings in price, process improvement, and demand management In parallel with his civilian career, served over 30 years in the Army Reserve, specializing in military engineering and logistics, commanded at the company and battalion-levels, holds the rank of Colonel, and currently serving on the faculty at the United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

Fernando  Hernandez
Fernando Hernandez
Director - Supplier Management
The Boeing Company
Mindy   Holden
Mindy Holden
Senior Vice President Procurement and Real Estate
Adecco Group

Mindy Holden recently started as the Senior Vice President of Procurement and Real Estate for The Adecco Group, the world’s leading staffing solutions company. Mindy is based out of the Jacksonville, FL headquarters office. She and her team are responsible for managing the procurement of third party spend as well as the real estate portfolio of 620 offices in North America.

Prior to this role, Mindy was the Chief Procurement Officer and VP Real Estate and Accounts Payable for Direct Energy where she was responsible for procurement, a real estate portfolio of ~100 properties across North America, and Accounts Payable where she was focused on integrating leading practices across this team. Prior to joining Direct Energy, Mindy was responsible for category and supplier management for the Tennessee Valley Authority where she led a team to create a leading practice category management model. Mindy and her team were responsible for developing long-term strategies, management of the supply base including risk mitigation, ongoing improvement in cost, demand management, and supplier management.

Mindy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland where she graduated magna cum laude.

She is also Green Belt and DFSS certified. Mindy is on the Board for the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Conference and served on the Boards for the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas and the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber.

In her spare time, Mindy and her husband enjoy getting to know Jacksonville and the Ponte Vedra Beach areas, spending time with their three children, and are thoroughly enjoying their newest additions to the family - two golden doodle puppies.

Stephen Hughes
Stephen Hughes
Executive Director of Procurement
The College Board
Steve  Hrubala
Steve Hrubala
Global Head of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing
The Carlyle Group
Nancy Jorgensen
Nancy Jorgensen
Director, Professional Services Procurement and Performance Management
Grainger
Stacy Joslin
Stacy Joslin
Global Supplier Relationship Management and Marketing Procurement Lead
Citrix

Following a career launch in the nonprofit space, Stacy's 15 years of experience in procurement began in e-sourcing, and later developed into procurement consulting work across sectors and categories, and finally into Marketing procurement leadership roles in the pharmaceutical and technology industries.  A few of her areas of current focus and interest include supplier-enabled innovation, agency engagement optimization, and procurement approaches for not-for-profit organizations and small businesses. 

Stacy currently serves as Global Supplier Value Optimization and Marketing Procurement Lead for Citrix, where she manages the compete profile of marketing and media spend across regions and divisions.  Prior to Citrix, Stacy held roles in global Agencies category leadership and Marketing transformation implementation with Novartis.

Stacy holds a BA in English and Spanish from Dickinson College, as well as both an MBA in Marketing and Master of International Business from the University of Pittsburgh.

Kumar Kannan
Kumar Kannan
Director of Global Sourcing - Indirect Goods & Services
Owens Corning
Andrea  Krzyzanowski
Andrea Krzyzanowski
Program Manager - Fleet, Travel, Corporate Cards and Meetings & Events
DuPont
Erin  Lambert
Erin Lambert
Global Head of Sourcing
Bloomberg
Perneet  Malhotra
Perneet Malhotra
Vice President, Enterprise Strategic Sourcing
Lowes

Procurement Professional with over twenty years of management experience in strategic sourcing functions including implementation of: return on investment (ROI) programs; enterprise wide strategic sourcing initiatives , source to pay leadership; integration of multiple service providers and corporate procurement strategy.

Provides strong communication skills with proven success in developing and mentoring a geographically diverse staff including optimizing and organizing operational structures. Result oriented and goal driven leader to meet corporate business strategic plans.

Glenn Marcus
Glenn Marcus
Director - Global Sourcing
Ingevity
Joanna Martinez
Joanna Martinez
Founder
Supply Chain Advisors LLP
Austin McKeehan
Austin McKeehan
Chief Procurement Officer
TIAA CREF
Lynn  McKnight
Lynn McKnight
Head of Procurement
Jefferson Science Associates

Lynn McKnight is Head of Procurement at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab), a particle physics research facility located in Newport News, Virginia. The facility is one of 17 national laboratories funded by the Department of Energy. Its mission is to conduct nuclear physics research using the lab’s unique particle accelerator, known as the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF).

In his present capacity he is responsible for direct and indirect sourcing, procurement, strategic vision, operational planning and execution of Procurement operations. Lynn is a Supply Chain professional, having held global leadership positions in defense and commercial markets.

Prior to joining Jefferson Lab part of his 30 year career was as Director of Supply Chain Management (Ideal Innovations, Inc.), Head of Corporate Compliance and Training (SAIC) and Senior Manager Procurement and Supply Management (Kellogg Brown & Root).

Lynn holds a B.S. in Business Management from Hampton University and is certified Lean Six Sigma.

Cliff Moore
Cliff Moore
Chariman
COPC

Cliff Moore is co-founder and chairman of COPC Inc. Based on his extensive experience with performance management systems, including the development of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program (where he served as an Examiner, Senior Examiner, and a member of the panel of judges), Cliff led the research and the working sessions to develop the COPC Customer Service Provider (CSP) Standard in 1996. This industry standard for performance in customer experience operations has become the foundation for the COPC® Family of Standards, which today are known as the most rigorous and prestigious performance management systems in the customer experience industry.

Recognizing the need for guidelines based on best practices in indirect procurement, in late 2015 Cliff began working with industry leaders and academicians from Western Michigan University to develop the industry’s first and only Indirect Procurement Standard.

Cliff works with senior management teams at dozens of Fortune 500 firms, developing and implementing service and performance improvement strategies.

Cliff received his MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia (with Shermet and Faculty Awards) and has a BS in Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude) from Old Dominion University.

Bruce Morton
Bruce Morton
Head of Innovation
Allegis Global Solutions
As a distinguished thought leader and global innovator, Bruce Morton has over three decades of experience within the human capital and workforce management industry. Throughout this time he has seen a massive shift in the way organizations manage their greatest asset: people.
As a sought after and renowned international speaker, Bruce has stimulated audiences across Europe, US and Asia with his fresh and innovative approach to acquiring top talent. Bruce shares his in-depth knowledge on recruitment and retention with new age media on a global scale. He has designed, implemented and managed some of the largest resourcing solutions across many different parts of the globe, saving companies millions of dollars while securing the very best talent.
In his current role, Bruce serves as Global Head of Innovation for Allegis Global Solutions. He was promoted from Chief Marketing Officer in January 2013. The Innovation team leads and champions ‘enterprise innovation’ efforts across Allegis Global Solutions. The function embodies the whole process of innovation: from new services and product idea generation, sales presentations, internal and external evangelism, digital and social media strategies, lead generation and face to the industry through conferences and speaking engagements.
Prior to his role at Allegis Global Solutions, Bruce owned e3 Unlimited, a talent acquisition and development organization managing a breadth of staffing-related needs for global companies.
Bruce’s latest innovation is that of a dynamic integrated technology platform that, for the first time, integrates top-of-class digital recruitment technologies that create engaged living talent communities; diverging from traditional static methodologies. Bruce was recognized as Thought Leader of the Year at the 2013 European HRO 'Be Transformed' Awards, and again as Thought Leader of the Year at the 2014 North American HRO Today Forum.
Alicia Navarro
Procurement Manager
Watermark Retirement Communities
TJ Nguyen
TJ Nguyen
CCBSS Procurement Director – Indirect
Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales & Services
Carlos  Nicot
Carlos Nicot
Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer
Acosta
Jeffrey Oar
Jeffrey Oar
Leader - US Enterprise Sales
Amazon Business Services
Jeffrey Oar was a founding team member at Amazon Business, having joined the organization prior to public launch in April 2015. He has worked with customers across size and vertical segments, and currently leads a team of customer advisors focused on the enterprise commercial space. Jeffrey has been with Amazon for almost 5 years, having spent much of his earlier career in the marketing & advertising industry.
Caroline Norman
Caroline Norman
Director of Indirect Procurement
Home Depot
Mike Owens
Mike Owens
Vice President, Global Shared Services
Dell
Shari  Pansuti
Shari Pansuti
Corporate Procurement and Strategic Commodities
WPP Group

Shari Pansuti is the Corporate Procurment Director for North American facility operations for WPP, the world’s leading communications services group with revenues of over $19 billion and billings of $74 billion in 2016. In her role, she oversees WPP’s North American facilities sourcing team and is charged with building and maintaining cross-functional relationships among WPP’s operating companies.

Her responsibilities include strategic sourcing, contract negotiation, managing supplier relationships, developing and executing RFPs, category management, establishing procurment protocol and devloping and overseeing the scope of work for all WPP facilities in North America.

Ms. Pansuti joined WPP in 2004 when Bates Advertising became part of the Group. She worked at Bates for 19 years, ultimately assuming a management role as Procurement Director. A member of ISM Sponsorship Committee, Ms. Pansuti enjoys visiting her two daughters, one a 4th grade Special Ed Teacher in Syracuse and the other a student at Florida International University, when not working at WPP.

Joe Paul
Director, Real Estate Strategic Sourcing & Procurement
UnitedHealth Group
Gabe Perez
Gabe Perez
Vice President, Strategy & Market Development
Coupa

As General Manager of Power Applications, Gabe Perez has global responsibilities for go-to- market strategies across Coupa's Power Applications (Sourcing, Sourcing Optimization [Formerly known as Trade Extensions], Supplier Information Management, Contract Lifecycle Management, Inventory, Analytics, AI Classify [Formerly known as Spend360] and Coupa Risk Aware).

Gabe has deep knowledge of Coupa’s products and the customer consideration process, and he combines the two to speak directly, authentically and compellingly to their needs and concerns as they make what for many is a bold decision—purchasing cloud software from a relative newcomer to the enterprise space. He is a futuristic thinker willing to challenge the status quo, and skilled at emboldening others to do the same. He is good at rooting out the hidden assumptions and unstated fears that prevent organizations from moving forward with positive change. Gabe is well positioned to help people see the bigger picture of how Software-as-a-Service is changing the way companies do business and how Coupa fits into that picture.

Gabe has been at Coupa for more than 6 years. He has held a many roles, from being a project manager to running our presales team globally, prior to that he worked at Ariba where he participated in many global rollouts of their software.

Michael Perry
Michael Perry
Manager of Indirect Procurement
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Devin  Reed
Devin Reed
Director of Procurement
Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Devin Reed is the Director of Procurement for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, responsible for ensuring all purchases and contracts are awarded decently and in order; also responsible for inventory functions.

He was previously appointed by Mayor John Peyton and confirmed by City Council in 2007 to serve as the Director of the City of Jacksonville’s Department of Central Operations, responsible for managing the city’s Administrative Services, Equal Business Opportunity & Contract Compliance, Fleet Management, Human Resources, Procurement, Public Information, CARE (630-CITY), Ombudsman, Grants and related functions, which functions had a total operating budget of approximately $170 million and a total staff of approximately 400 employees. Prior to this,, Devin had been appointed by Mayor John Peyton and confirmed by City Council in 2003 to serve as the Director of the City of Jacksonville’s Department of Procurement.

Devin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management, as well as his Juris Doctorate degree, from the University of Florida. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since his admission in October 1995.

Mark Reeves
Mark Reeves
Manager, Enterprise Strategic Sourcing
Voya Financial
Dr. Joseph Richardson
Dr. Joseph Richardson
President & CEO
Professional Purchasing Partners

Dr. Joseph Richardson is an International Supply Chain Management Executive with demonstrated leadership in designing, developing and implementing effective sourcing, supply chain and procurement strategies (direct and indirect) that address global business issues. His international experience, with a variety of companies, helped him to recognize the political, cultural and technical challenges that affect business relationships, internally, externally and internationally.

Joseph is a visionary who integrates theory and practice in creating and executing innovative approaches and methods to accomplish complex business objectives. He is considered an International Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Supply Chain and Organizational Behavior, and has received numerous awards for his professional services and serves on several Advisory Boards.

Jill  Robbins
Jill Robbins
Director, Global Procurement – Indirect Goods and Services
Elanco
Robert Saini
Robert Saini
Procurement Director
Astellas Pharma

Robert Saini is the Director of Procurement for the U.S. affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. Specifically in the U.S., Astellas is intensely focused on several key therapeutic areas including cardiology, dermatology, immunology, infectious diseases, oncology, and urology.

Within Astellas, Rob is charged with the role of Head of Indirect Procurement for the Americas Region. He joined Astellas eight years ago to create and sustain a value-driven, centralized Procurement Function, streamline the enterprise-wide Procure-to-Pay (P2P) process and supporting technologies, and champion the maturation of the global Procurement organization. He leads a team of Strategic Sourcing professionals and collaborates with other Procurement-related teams via an aligned approach towards common vision.

Rob has over 20 years of Strategic Sourcing, Procurement Operations, and Supply Chain experience across several industries including life sciences, utilities, media, consumer goods, and automotive. Prior to Astellas, he served as a leader in the Strategic Sourcing and eProcurement Practice of Ernst & Young/Capgemini for several years, and served in various engineering roles at General Motors.

Rob is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with an MS in Systems Engineering, and GMI Engineering & Management Institute (aka Kettering University) with a BS in Electrical Engineering.

Mike  Schiappa
Mike Schiappa
Vice President, Global Labor and Consulting
MetLife
Neil Schloss
Neil Schloss
Procurement Manager IT and Marketing
Perdue Farms

Neil Schloss is the Sourcing Manager for Indirect Procurement at Perdue Farms Inc. supporting IT and Marketing sourcing requirements. He holds a BSIE from University of Buffalo and MBA from New York Institute of Technology.    He has held leadership roles for Direct and Indirect procurement areas for more than 30 years in a variety of verticals.  They would include heavy industrial organizations like Carrier Air Conditioning, Black & Decker – Kwikset Div., Financial, Insurance and most recently CPG - food processing.  He has extensive experience with e-Procurement deployment and effective Procurement engagement within early project creation.  He enjoys golf, racquetball and family while living in Scottsdale, AZ

Sanjay  Setty
Sanjay Setty
Vice President, Procurement
KIND
Michael Shaw
Michael Shaw
Founder & CEO
American Council of Sourcing and Procurement Executives

Michael Shaw is the Founder and CEO of the American Council of Sourcing and Procurement Executives (ACSPE). ACSPE membership serves more than 5000 practitioners including 750+ Chief Procurement Officers and SVPs Supply Chain. The focus of the organization is on the Future of Procurement and Supply Chain in terms of people, process and technology with an emphasis on technology because of its ability to dramatically change business processes and entire business models. Michael is also currently serving on the board of the American Blockchain Council as an Executive Director.

Prior to ACSPE Michael founded The Sourcing Source, a procurement industry analyst and executive advisory firm where he has worked with more than 350 Global 2000 organizations ranging from $250 million to $80 Billion in annual revenues providing guidance and insights for selecting procurement technology and services partners. While at TSS he was instrumental in developing the TSS proprietary Subject Matter Expert (SME) database covers more than 2000 categories and has identified more than700 subject matter experts providing the largest network of Sourcing Category Subject Matter Expertise in the world.

Mr. Shaw has spoken at and chaired numerous industry conferences and was voted one of Supply and Demand Chain Magazine’s “Pros to Know” for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Mike Simms
Mike Simms
Chief Procurement Officer
Microsoft

As a 20+ year veteran at Microsoft, Mike has served the company in various procurement and outsourcing roles. He currently leads Microsoft Procurement as the company’s Chief

Procurement Officer (CPO), a global organization of 250+ employees across 32 countries, driving over $1B in cost savings annually.

Mike is passionate about people, whom he considers any organization’s most important and valued asset. He has traveled extensively worldwide to negotiate deals, deploy contact centers, manage his global organizations, and drive continuous improvement strategies. Mike has achieved significant business results over many years, spanning cost savings, operatio

nal efficiency gains, supplier consolidation, compliance, and customer satisfaction wins.

Prior to Microsoft, Mike worked in the Aerospace industry in various global business leadership roles. He is a graduate of the University of Washington, with BS in Engineering. Away from the office, Mike enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends, and pursuing his personal passions which include boating, fishing, motorcycles, and music.

Specific Expertise & Accolades:

  • Business Transformation
  • Strategic Sourcing and Negotiation
  • Contact Center Management
  • Vendor/Supplier Relationship Management
  • Process Improvement
  • Quality Management Framework
  • Responsible Sourcing (Diversity)
  • COPC Standards Committee member since 1999
  • BPO Industry “Buyer’s Forum” Founder
Amena Smith
Amena Smith
Director, Indirect Procurement
Keurig Green Mountain
As the Director, Indirect Procurement for Keurig Green Mountain, Amena Smith is a seasoned procurement professional who is passionate about her profession.  She joined Keurig Green Mountain, eleven years ago, as a buyer for resellable goods, and now manages a team of sixteen professionals in a best-practice indirect procurement environment.  With almost thirty years of procurement experience, Amena specializes in building procurement teams from scratch, as well as the processes, policies and practices to support them.

Prior to joining Keurig Green Mountain,  Amena’s procurement work was primarily in the hospitality industry where responsibilities ran the gamut from all major buying for large, upscale properties to teaching purchasing, inventory management and cost control at New England Culinary Institute. 

Outside of work, Amena is heavily involved in local theatre and has participated in more than 20 local productions, both on and offstage.  She has extended this passion to local schools where she volunteered as co-director and producer for several productions.  She is also a huge coffee lover and has served on the board of directors for the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and enjoyed a brief stint with the Specialty Coffee Association’s Sustainability Council.  “Some of the most extraordinary people I have met have been the people I’ve met in coffee.”

Amena was born in southern Wisconsin.  She has her undergraduate degree in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication, as well as a Master’s of Business Administration.  She is married to Philip Smith, Director of Culinary and Innovation for Papa Gino’s/D’Angelo’s and has two grown children, one a professional actress in Chicago, and one a college freshman.
Eric Smith
Eric Smith
Purchasing Manager
Straumann USA
Jeff  Smith
Jeff Smith
Sourcing Director
DuPont

Jeffery Smith has served as the Global Director of Indirect Materials and Services for the Sourcing and Logistics function in DuPont since July 2012. In this role, Jeff oversees a global staff of 150 employees responsible for approximately $6 billion in spend for good and services that include human resources, information technology, professional services, MRO, fleet, travel and site services. His selection followed more than 36 years of experience with DuPont, including more than 16 years in Sourcing & Logistics and 15 in Sales and Marketing, as well as positions in Information Technology and Applied Technology.

His tenure with DuPont has allowed Jeff to work with multiple industries, including electronics, chemicals, industrial products and agriculture and to travel the world. He is well known for his ability to develop winning global teams with outstanding execution that consistently delivery beyond objectives. He attributes this success to being genuine, transparent, and collaborative, and most importantly, demonstrating servant leadership.

Jeff holds a degree in Management and Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and stressed the importance of being a lifelong learner. He also holds a Certification in Supply Chain Professional – APICS and is very involved in Employee Organizational Development at DuPont.

Sean Smith
Sean Smith
Director, Supply Chain
Agropur
Libby Spears
Libby Spears
Motivational/Development Speaker
Bravo CC

Libby works with professionals across a number of industries and professions, teaching them to be game changers in the marketplace by taking their communication skills seriously!

She starts by asking the question "What's YOUR Plan BE?" to get to the heart of who they want to be as a professional. Libby is convinced that, when we take the time to answer this fundamental question, we are more likely to find our own success.

Her Plan Be? Be an educator, Be a liberator, Be an entertainer.

Jocelyn  Stahl
Jocelyn Stahl
Director, Indirect Sourcing
Hershey’s
Nancy Tiran
Nancy Tiran
Senior Director Procurement – Strategic Sourcing, P2P Business Integrations, and Systems
Best Buy
Béatrice  Walker
Béatrice Walker
Goods and Services Indirect Procurement Director
AGCO Corporation

Béatrice Walker is Director, Global Indirect Purchasing, Goods and Services at AGCO, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural solutions, and is responsible for the transformation of the indirect global operating model.

Béatrice has 15+ years of increased global responsibilities in strategic indirect sourcing, production and inventory control, client management, supply chain transformation and employee engagement. She is also a recognized leader within the contingent workforce space as having led Freescale Semiconductor, her first employer, to be a Staffing Industry Analyst Case Study Contest Finalist in 2012.

Nominated in 2009 for the Austin, Young Women’s Christian Association, Leader of promise Award, she has served in various non-profit leadership roles such as founding member of the Texas Women in Business and Board Member of the Women Chamber of Commerce of Texas.

At work, she was the chair of the Freescale Women Leadership Team employee affinity group, and is currently on the AGCO Global Women Network Group’s leadership team. Native of France, Béatrice moved to the USA after earning a Master in Management, Specialization in Supply Chain from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce De Toulouse. She is certified as Project Management Professional (PMP) and Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP).

Sarah  Wasson
Sarah Wasson
Manager, Strategic Category and Operations Analytics
HP
Karen Webley
Karen Webley
Senior Director, Global Procurement
Gartner
Christian Widmann
Christian Widmann
Senior Manager of Global Indirect Commodities
Welbilt

Christian Widmann is currently the Director of Indirect Commodities at Manitowoc Cranes where he is responsible for all crane locations in North America along with some global responsibilities. Christian's experience expands over 20 plus years covering both direct and indirect procurement. Christian's career includes working in a variety of industries which include higher education, luxury food and beverage, heavy construction equipment, manufacturing, government, consumer goods, and business process outsourcing. In recent years, Christian's main focus has been on indirect procurement, implementation of SAP, and assisting with manufacturing operations.  Christian's indirect experience includes facilities, operations, marketing, CAPEX,  MRO, utilities, human resources, corporate services, professional services, travel, transportation, 3PL, outsourcing services, consultants, telecommunications, BPO, P2P and IT. Christian holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management for the University of Phoenix.

Eric Wilson
Eric Wilson
Vice President, Purchase to Pay
Basware

As head of Basware’s Purchase-to-Pay (P2P) business for the Americas, Eric Wilson is responsible for ensuring that Basware solutions deliver the highest possible value to customers. Eric’s background includes working closely with all areas of solution development and delivery to ensure that customer success is the guiding focus of every aspect. His constant interaction with customers enables him to continuously monitor the needs of the customer base, forecast trends, and advise organizations on how to best navigate the changing world of Purchase to Pay.

Having transformed a company to the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model and overseeing the entire operations of that organization, Eric has been instrumental in the cloud software revolution that is empowering enterprises to be more agile, competitive, and smarter through better capital management.

As an industry thought leader, Eric offers perspective that helps audiences understand the Purchase-to-Pay space, streamline complex financial processes, resolve challenges that plague back-office functions, and navigate a rapidly changing area of business that continues to evolve with more technology and innovation.

Jake Wojcik
Jake Wojcik
Senior Vice President
Insight Sourcing Group
Jake Wojcik is a Senior Vice President at Insight Sourcing Group as well as their spend visibility company SpendHQ. Jake has over 15 years of experience in management consulting with a focus on procurement, sourcing, and supply chain management. In 2015 & 2013, Jake was named a ‘Pro to Know’ by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine. Jake has been part of Insight Sourcing Group’s leadership team since 2008. Prior to Insight Sourcing Group, he was a Director with RGP (founded by Deloitte & Touché), in which he was responsible for the launch and management of Atlanta’s Supply Chain practice. Jake also worked with KPMG Consulting leading cross-functional teams in the areas of strategic sourcing, procurement transformation and technology implementation for global companies. Prior to KPMG Consulting, he worked within the eProcurement and sourcing practices at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, where he provided Fortune 500 clients with value-added solutions through procurement project implementations, process reengineering, and strategy.
BS, Management Information Systems, Florida State University’s College of Business
Linda  Zercher
Linda Zercher
Director, Global Indirect Procurement
Densply Sirona
Linda Zercher is the Director of Indirect Procurement, with focus in the Americas/APAC regions for Dentsply Sirona Inc. She has more than 25 years of business experience managing large, complex Indirect and Direct Categories in multi-national, consumer goods and manufacturing Fortune 500 companies. A recognized transformational Procurement leader with extensive experience in leading Global Indirect Category Management, she has proven ability in obtaining Sr. Executive sponsorship and cross-functional collaboration to implement business process transformations and inspire organizational development.
Michael Dunlap
Michael Dunlap
Event Director
ProcureCon Indirect East